Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl is mentally ill

This piece from The Washington Post effectively sums up what happened with this guy and why. Basically, Bowe Bergdahl never should never have been allowed in the US Army at all. The man had a history of hearing voices, for fuck's sake.

Edited to add bone-us links: Bowe Bergdahl did not help Taliban, according to a US Army investigation. Also, Bowe Bergdahl lodged false war crime allegations against his unit, according to a soldier who served with him in that unit. That Bergdahl was of one mind in his communications with his parents and another with the soldiers in his unit really tends to verify that the kid is as loony as a three-dollar bill, and it would have been wrong to leave a severe mental patient to the tender mercies of the Taliban.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown

From the UK newspaper The Guardian.

Gee, you mean the Democrats/ Republicans/ Libertarians aren't going to save us?

Monday, June 09, 2014

Sunday, June 08, 2014

This Bowe Bergdahl thing

Here is an overview of the specific components of the controversy. It may be that Bowe Bergdahl is a military-deserter, but the fact remains that we don't know that for certain. There needs to be an investigation, which I have no doubt the military will conduct. And while American soldiers may have died in the search for Bergdahl, that's not exactly and open-and-shut case.

Regardless of all of that, it's not just hard-lefties such as myself who think President Obama did the right thing here. But unsurprisingly, the hard right appears to have made up its mind already, facts be damned, never mind that Republicans were pressuring the Obama Adminstration to do something to retrieve Bergdahl. And they are behaving pretty much the way one would expect them to behave once they've focused on such a potent catalyst for their pathological Obama-hatred. It also bears pointing out that Israel has made vastly more lopsided prisoner-swap deals with its enemies in order retrieve their abducted soldiers.

And as long as this post is essentially a link-stew, this in-depth Rolling Stone article about Bowe Bergdahl's situation from two years ago is a must-read.

Oh, and I can't forget my entirely gratuitous video-posting, can I? This one is for the movement-conservative pissants and their Pretty Hate Machine: